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Home Tour Tip: Entertain the Kids!

August 2, 2017
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If your clients ever have trouble entertaining young children during a model home tour, here’s your chance to be their hero! Bring along a few home-themed coloring sheets and crayons or colored pencils and ask them how they would decorate their dream home. The prospect of moving may seem intimidating for little ones, so this is a great way to generate excitement about it! Don’t have coloring sheets? If you have a copy of the home’s floor plan, that could interest them (especially if you point…

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Managing Client Expectations During a Home Search

July 21, 2017
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Some house hunters know what they’re looking for in their next home and have a good understanding of what they will or won’t compromise on in their home search. Others may need a little guidance. Here are a few tactics to try with buyers who have wish lists too broad or too narrow to help you.   Case 1: The “I know EXACTLY what I want” homebuyer. It’s great to have a buyer that knows what he or she wants and can clearly communicate those…

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6 Real Estate Articles to Share this Summer

June 16, 2017
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Looking for articles to share with your clients (and potential clients)? Don’t forget about our homebuyer blog, Homeward™! It’s full of stories for house hunters, home sellers and homeowners alike. Feel free to link them from your social media accounts, blog or emails as a way of keeping in touch with past customers, educating current clients or engaging new leads. 12 Hot Neighborhoods to Watch This Summer Clients still scoping out neighborhoods? Don’t overlook these opportunities across a dozen markets! Read article Checklist for Putting…

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10 Reasons Buyers Love New Homes

May 11, 2017
New home streetscape in Southern California for New Homes Infographic

Whether you’re new to selling new homes, or just need a refresher, here’s a handy infographic to help you communicate the value of new construction to your clients. For more in-depth information, tips and tools, be sure to download our free Selling New Homes Guide, created just for agents like you!

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Myths About Working with a Homebuilder

April 12, 2017
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Ahem. Let’s take a moment to clear up a few things you (or your clients) might have heard about working with a homebuilder. Builders “steal” customers. FALSE. Homebuilders understand and appreciate that real estate agents are vital to bringing traffic into their communities and buyers to the closing table. It’s a win-win relationship, and we’re just as interested in earning referrals and repeat business as you are. When agents are successful, builders are successful too! At Richmond American, we even have an easy client registration…

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How to Write Better House Listings

April 6, 2017
Peridot model home in Laveen, Arizona

The photography’s on point. The asking price is right. All you need now is a killer property description. Boost your house listings from good to great with the following tips! Be selective. Your description doesn’t have to encompass everything and the kitchen sink (though, if it’s a farmhouse sink, definitely mention that!). Focus on what’s most important and leave the rest for a phone call or scheduled showing. Before you even start writing, make a list of the home’s most powerful selling points. What sets…

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4 Things Realtors® Should Pin (Beyond MLS Listings)

December 27, 2016
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Pinterest may seem like low-hanging fruit in your social media marketing plan. It’s photography-driven, text-minimal, evergreen, appealing to a major homebuying demographic, great for driving website traffic, easy to use and—best of all—free, except for the time you invest in it and any money you spend boosting pins. Using Pinterest to its best advantage, however, means more than just posting your MLS listings. To gain followers and increase your reach on Pinterest, consider sharing a mix of useful content that interests potential home buyers, home…

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What Your Client’s New-home Warranty Can Do for You

October 25, 2016
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A new-home warranty offers obvious advantages for your clients—and some not-so-obvious opportunities for you! If you’re used to selling resale, you’ve seen that once your clients have the keys, they’re generally stuck with the bill if they have a home problem four or six months down the road. With a new home and all-new appliances, not only are buyers less likely to have a problem in the first place, but they also enjoy the peace of mind a home warranty and manufacturers’ warranties afford. Here…

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Headshot “How to” for Realtors®

September 27, 2016
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Whether you’re a new real estate agent ready to sit for your first professional headshot or a seasoned veteran who just needs an update, here are a few do’s and don’ts to consider before getting in front of the lens.   DO Hire a professional photographer. Your marketing materials are worth the investment. Listen to your photographer and follow his/her directions. Look at the camera. Eye contact is engaging and builds trust. Relax and act natural. Stiff poses and overly bright smiles make you less…

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How to Help Military Homebuyers

June 8, 2016
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Buying a home presents a few extra challenges for active-duty servicemen and women, but it also offers some unique advantages—the opportunity to build equity while using a tax-free Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), for example. Armed with a little information, your military client’s experience doesn’t have to be much different from the average homebuyer’s.   Here’s what you can do to help: Find out how far from base your clients would like to live. For some military families, the distance from base isn’t just a…

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